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The Bears Den: October 17, 2013 - Week 7 news and notes

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Tucker: Depleted Bears defense can get job done - Michael C. Wright: Having been in dire situations in the past with Jacksonville, whether brought on by injury or a lack of talent, Tucker sees his 20th-ranked defense improving.

Tucker has work cut out with injury-laden, poor-tackling unit - Mark Potash: Mel Tucker says he loves a challenge. Well, he’s got one.

Trestman is getting Cutler back to Pro Bowl level - Adam L. Jahns: If Cutler continues on the same course, it’ll be a further indictment of that failures that took place under Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo following the trade that brought him here.

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Game preview - Mike Mulligan: With Robert Griffin III still not himself, the depleted Chicago defense has opportunity to load the box and stuff the run against so-so passer.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: Not much has gone right for Washington in 2013. Their 1-4 record is a reflection of their team as a whole, as each phase has contributed to their collective struggle.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Peppers held out of practice, "coach's decision"; Marshall credits Shanahan; Cutler on facing DeAngelo Hall; more team notes.

Injury news - Moon Mullin: Bears waiting game resumes but with better signs.


Shanahan sees same Cutler he coached in Denver - Larry Mayer: To Mike Shanahan, Jay Cutler is playing at the same Pro Bowl level that he did during their days together with the Broncos. Michael C. Wright: Shanahan: Marshall a "difference-maker".

Cutler Watch - Michael C. Wright's weekly analysis of the Bears' QB play and prediction for Sunday's game.

Cutler's smart decision making will be key - Kip Lewis: If you think you are seeing a better, smarter Jay Cutler, you are. The Bears QB is making the decisions that are keeping his team in games.

Cutler Watch - Michael C. Wright: reporter Dan Graziano released his MVP Watch list on Wednesday and Jay Cutler checks in at No. 8, just behind Russell Wilson and LeSean McCoy.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Paea hopes to return to action Sunday; Tillman roots for former schoolmate Griffin; Cutler on pace for franchise record passing yardage; returners back on Pro Bowl ballot.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Banged-up Bears returning to health; Peppers held out of practice; Marshall: Cleats fine "absolutely worth it".

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 16: When Brandon Marshall started his career in Denver, Mike Shanahan helped lay the foundation, but the Bears receiver struggled to compare his current coach to his former.

Bears schedule - Hub Arkush: How do the Bears stack up against Detroit and Green Bay?

Walter Payton was one of Chicago’s own - Maggie Hendricks: The Chicago Bears are one of the league's oldest franchises, but even with so much history, there was no question about the city's most beloved football player.

Emery, Bennett attending "The Dinner Party" in Chicago - Bears fans can attend a unique event next Monday featuring Phil Emery and Martellus Bennett at City Winery in Chicago.


[Audio] Ditka! - Ditka dishes on Jim Irsay's remarks regarding Peyton Manning, the Eagles' QBs, Marc Trestman's performance with the Bears, the Packers' offense and more.

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Should the NFL get rid of Thursday Night Football? - Jeff Fedotin: Lack of rest, preparation make for sloppy contests.

Only 8% of money from pink NFL merchandise goes to Breast Cancer research - Cork Gaines: If the point is to actually help fight cancer, fans would have a much bigger impact if they skipped the NFL and donated directly to the ACS or other organizations working to fight cancer.

Ex-Bear news - Colts try out Lance Louis,

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